Friday, May 30, 2008

Back from St. Lucia

The intrepid travellers have returned! I am sure that all of you are breathing a sigh of relief that we made it back from one of the most beautiful islands on the planet. Seriously, this place is somewhere everyone should go to see at least once.

I know I haven't been good about posting this whole month, but hey, that happens sometimes. I will probably have a flurry of posts involving the trip over the next couple of weeks, so take a peek every few days if you have time to read my drivel. Being that I have to run back to the "Real World" i.e. work in a few minutes, I am not going to expound on the places from which we have just returned, but here are a few items to expect in the coming days.

  • Beautiful sunsets
  • Golf stories (I shouldn't call what I did golf, but there were clubs and loads of strokes involved)
  • Kayaking Exploration
  • Rain Forest Zip Line Adventures (the drive there was more adventurous by far)
  • Storms & Waves
  • SCUBA Diving
  • Squid...(Otherwise known as Adventures in Eating)

and last but certainly not least, the ravings of a proud Dad at his daughter's first Dance Recital which will take place this weekend.

Man, the activities never stop around here...

Monday, May 5, 2008

An open letter to Subway Restaurant

Yes, I accept the fact that everyone in the US knows Jared Fogle and the fact that he lost the weight of a couple teenagers by eating Subway sandwiches, so there is some definite validity to the ad campaign. BUT... isn't it time for a change?

Subway's ads started out saying: "Hey fat America, here's a guy who lost a ton and a half by eating a Subway 6 inch for lunch and a foot long for dinner a day...and exercising...shhhhhh." The campaign has gone on so long, it's now saying..."Hey fat America! Jared is still skinny! Even though he eats other things than Subway now!" Not quite as compelling is it?

Now here's an idea. "Pro athletes eat our food, and it's good!" Wouldn't you want to eat some of the same things that people, who not only care about their bodies, but actually make money by being amazingly good at their sport? I think they might actually sell a few more, and it could bring a new youthful group into the Subway fold.

What brought this on was going to the Tour of GA and hanging out with the Jittery Joe's team. Knowing about how exacting these guys are about caloric intake and the very types of food they want to eat in order to recover and perform well, these guys eat Subway every day. They mowed through the stuff like a pack of lions over an unfortunate zebra. (Of course racing 100 miles a day for a week could actually get almost anyone hungry enough to chase down and eat an unfortunate zebra, but that's not the point...) I thought immediately that real people should know that. People who are exercising to lose weight and the other .05% of the American population who are already fairly lean and trying to eat well. .05% might be an exaggeration somewhat, but hey that's still 15 million more potential customers that might come in once a week for a decent lunch.

I doubt that I will send this idea over to Subway, since my blegging to the Ionic/Dean bike company didn't even produce a tee-shirt. Although, I could use a lifetime supply of veggie delights, or Turkey sandwiches, or maybe even just one lunch combo sometime! Could you imagine the horror if I won a lifetime supply of sandwiches. The kids would really be twisted after me feeding a family of five Subway dinner forever!

We would at least be skinny even if we didn't magically turn into pro athletes...